Ag News

We are still not hearing about much action in cattle country. It is possible that packer inquiry could start to improve today as many packers remain short bought, but it is also possible significant business will wait until the end of the week. Asking prices are generally around 162.00 to 163.00 in the South and 253.00 to 255.00 plus in the North. Boxed beef cutout values are firm to higher with choice up .09 at 238.12, and select 227.19 up .74. Feeder cattle receipts at the Ozark’s Regional Stockyards at West Plains, Missouri totaled 2899 head. Compared to last week,...
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U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the settlement today in which the U.S. will make a one-time payment of $300 Million dollars to the Brazilian Cotton Institute – an assistance fund for Brazilian farmers. In turn, Brazil agrees to give up the right to retaliate against the U.S. with higher tariffs on U.S. products.  It also agrees not to bring up new WTO actions against U.S. cotton support programs while the current Farm Bill is in force. The U.S. had agreed to pay Brazil about 150-million a year but because of the budget sequester,...
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Alliant Energy Center Executive Director Mark Clarke at the podium just before the ribbon is cut   Tuesday was the culmination of a lot of dreams, ideas, challenges and successes at World Dairy Expo as they cut the ribbon on the new $24.9 million New Holland Pavilions.  With more than 290,000 square feet under roof, the two buildings offer not only state-of-the art housing for some 2,600 dairy cattle at this show, but horses for the Midwest Horse Fair and almost unlimited potential for other uses.  The whole thing started a few years ago when World Dairy Expo was facing...
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Tuesday was a very proud day for the folks at New Holland as the ribbon was cut on the two new pavilions bearing their name at World Dairy Expo.  As he cut the ribbon, Abe Hughes, VP New Holland North America quipped: “Drink more milk, buy more balers!”  Mark Hooper is Director of Marketing, he says they saw a need to upgrade the facilities at Alliant Energy Center and they were happy to get involved “right away” to build a first-class facility to house their customer’s cattle.  Hooper says the innovation is indicative of New Holland’s long history in...
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Ag News - Rural Issues

Following the release of USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Friday, September 26th, the National Pork Board hosted a tele-conference for the ag media featuring three ag economists and their reactions to the report. The panel included Dr. Ron Plain, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Daniel Bluntzer, Director of...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising given...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill is encouraging farmers to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Hill says the EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Water Act would give the federal government jurisdiction over essentially all farmland in the state of Iowa. AUDIO: Craig Hill (5:47 MP3) Link to Iowa Farm...Read the full story... »     
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At the Iowa Pork Congress on Wednesday, attendees received an update on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). One of the presenters was Dr. Rodney “Butch” Baker with the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.   In this interview with Brownfield, Dr. Baker says there are signs that the spread of virus may be slowing down....Read the full story... »     
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